If you are a fan of French cars, then the name “Peugeot” and “Citroen” must ring the bell. These two French companies are what the Koreans’ Hyundai and Kia like and they are emerged under one joint company called the “PSA Peugeot-Citroen”. Yesterday marked the come back of the Citroen brand in Malaysia, hoping to be as successful and well-received as its sister company, Peugeot
Speaking as PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s CEO of Asian Operations, Gregoire Olivier, expressed his delight and gratitude with Naza’s bold move to invest on bringing Citroen back in to Malaysia. Another figure who was equally as excited is the Ambassador of France to Malaysia, Martine Dorance, where she expressed, “this launch shows that Malaysians have good taste”. Perhaps she was right, as with the launching of the new Citroen 3S showroom in Glenmarie, Citroen also launched not one but two of its award-winning models that come from the “DS” line, the DS4 and the DS5.
The DS4 is based on the Citroen’s mid-size hatchback C4, with an extra dose of flair that won it the “Most Beautiful Car of the Year” award in 2011. It was designed as 2+2 coupe, but keeping in mind with practicality, it still has four doors with concealed handles for the rear doors as to not interrupt the original design intent. It also has a raised suspension, prominent wheel arches, a shiny chrome grille, panoramic roof and is shod with 18″ alloy wheels. Power comes from the proven PSA’s 1.6L THP engine with 163 HP and 240 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, certainly enough for the 1,320 kg car. 0-100 km/h is reached in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 212 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.7 km/litre (combined cycle) while C02 emission is 178 g/100km.
Inside, drivers are treated to an electric seat with lumbar support and massage function. Safety features include blind spot monitoring system, six airbags, hill-start assist and parking space measurement system. Other features include Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights, cornering fog lamps, an automatic rain-sensing front windscreen, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, Arkamys sound system w/ Bluetooth capability and Habana Club leather seats . The Citroen DS4 comes with four colour options.
Meanwhile, the larger Citroen DS5 showcases Citroen’s revolutionary design that is bold and aerodynamic with distinctive chrome “sabres” and signature LED lights that has won it the “Family Car of the Year” by TopGear magazine in the UK. It’s elongated line brings a sleek estate profile with a heft of an SUV. The paradoxical approach certainly works very well. Inside, it is no less revolutionary with the aerospace-inspired cabin design that features aircraft-inspired overhead controls and storages. The roof also feature three separate glass roofs that gives it a unique ambiance compared to the usual one lengthy glass roof.
The DS5 is also powered by the proven 1.6L THP engine that produces 156 HP and 240 Nm of torque, also mated to a six-speed gearbox. The 1,480 kg car has a top speed of 202 km/h with a rated fuel consumption of 7.3 km/litre (combined cycle) while C02 emissions is 169 g/100km. Talking about the luxury highlights, the DS5 also comes with an Arkamys sound system with 10-speakers Denon HiFi set-up, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, front electric seats with memory functions plus lumbar support and massage function for the driver’s, a head-up display, push-start ignition with keyless access, electronic parking brake, automatic wipers and a choice of Fauve Club or Red Club leather seats with bracelet confection.
The Citroen DS4 retails at RM165,000 while the DS5 retails at RM195,000. Both are on-the-road price and both cars also come with five year warranty with unlimited mileage.